Updated 12/2023

No matter what business you are in, you know that clear communication can mean the difference between achieving success or falling short. You know that two way radios are a great resource to enhance your team’s service, but you hesitate when you see language like “requires FCC license agreement” on a product page. You might be new to the walkie talkie world and you want to get your feet wet before considering bringing a government agency into the fold. We totally get that.

While the FCC is playing an important role in keeping the airwaves free of cluttered transmissions and users’ information private, not everyone needs the advanced systems technologies high powered radios utilize. I want to show you a couple of incredible two way radios you can operate license free without worry and provide answers to some frequently asked questions we get concerning licensing.

What am I missing with a license free walkie talkie?

Something wonderful about newer license free two way radio models is they have been designed to the same standards as many professional tier two way radios and carry many of the same great features such as group calling and privacy codes.

Though, by staying in the license free sector, your two way radios will not have the same range as the two way radios with higher wattage. They will also not support the more advanced systems technologies, like IP site connect, that the higher-tier two way radios can utilize.

Can a business use license free two way radios?

Absolutely! The requirements for attaining an FCC license agreement have to do with use-case criteria as opposed to whether the consumer is using their devices for personal or professional needs. The FCC allows for businesses to utilize commercial two way radios that have power outputs up to 2W without requiring licensing.

Many other factors can impact whether you’re required to obtain a license agreement with the FCC and how much your agreement might cost. The strength of your system and the area it impacts are just a couple of examples that could affect your licensing criteria.

To save you time, I’m only highlighting 2 radios I believe are a couple of the best license free two way radios on the market and providing links to a few others we offer in case you would like to do some more digging.

If you would like to see current pricing for any of the two way radios listed, simply click the links provided and add them to your cart.

Best License Free Two Way Radios

Motorola DTR700

Motorola DTR700 | FCC License Free Two Way Radio
  • Digital transmission

  • Ideal for schools, hospitality services, retail, and churches

  • Has 50 channels in the 900MHz frequency band

  • Max power output = 1-Watt

  • 16-hour battery life

  • Full-color display

  • Quick text feature

  • Over-the-air-cloning capable

  • Call alert

  • IP54 Rated

  • 2-year manufacturer’s warranty

Shop the DTR700

The DTR700 is a two way radio operating in the 900 MHz spectrum making it perfect for use indoors or in an urban setting. The penetrating power of transmissions sent over such a high frequency makes up for the loss of range due to lower wattage on the device. Your Motorola DTR700 will give you interference-free, private communications for up to 350,000 ft2 or through 30 floors.

With features like Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS) and Profile ID’s, the DTR700 ensures your messages are being protected while providing you with flexible call options like Private Reply and Digital One-to-Many Calling to enhance the efficiency of your communication channels.

We recommend the Motorola DTR700 for smaller medical centers or educational facilities in cities for their exceptional ability to deliver secure information through several floors of a building, license free.


Motorola CLS1410

Motorola CLS1410 Portable Radio
  • Analog only transmission

  • Ideal for small business, retail, and the restaurant industry

  • 4 preprogrammed channels in the UHF (461 – 470 MHz) frequency band

  • Max power output = 1 Watt

  • 18 hour battery life

  • Lightweight 4.6oz design

  • LCD display

  • 2-year manufacturer’s warranty

Shop the CLS1410

The Motorola CLS1410 radio is a 4 channel handheld unit that's ideal for retail and small businesses. The CLS1410 transmits using analog UHF frequencies and can be operated FCC license-free utilizing the preprogrammed 56 business-exclusive frequencies.

The CLS1410 can be programmed via the front panel, or you can purchase the HKKN4027 cable and configure it via Motorola's free software.

In today’s competitive business environment, maximizing productivity is critical to success. That’s why employees must be connected, and the Motorola CLS1410 makes it easy and affordable!

The CLS1410 radio is the replacement for the discontinued Motorola VL50 radio. Your team can utilize existing VL50 accessories on your new CLS1410 radios.



Should I consider an FCC license agreement?

That depends. This goes back to your use-case. If you have a larger organization that requires repeaters and the use of more advanced systems technologies or if your company needs professional tier two way radios like the Motorola XPR series, I definitely recommend obtaining an FCC license agreement.

The larger your communications network, the better the chances of the FCC finding your transmissions and subsequently fining you for not having the proper license agreements.

Also remember, the fees charged by the FCC are not arbitrary. They are charging the fee to mitigate expenses as they work to make the airwaves less cluttered and therefore more usable for the consumer.

Something else to consider is the inherent privacy your license agreement will provide you as your organization will be the only users operating on the given frequencies.

In Conclusion

Our goal at Radio Depot is to empower you with the knowledge to make the right decisions for your business. Should you decide your organization would benefit from obtaining an FCC license, or if you have any lingering questions about license free two way radios, please fill out our contact form or call (888) 733-7681.

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